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February 6, 2013

Malzahn raves about Tigers' signing class

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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn discusses the Tigers' 2013 signees.

DE Elijah DANIEL
"He was our first commit of the day. Pass rushing was one of our big needs and this guy can really do it. Had a relationship with Rodney Garner that goes way back. He signed this morning and we're tickled to death to have him."

WR Tony STEVENS
"He's a big, tall wide receiver. He's got tremendous skills, he's a kick returner. Dameyune Craig did a wonderful job with him - had a previous relationship, and he has a chance to be an impact player."

WR Dominic WALKER
"His teammate. 6-2, 195, a big, physical, fast guy that really feel like he'll have a chance to be that special type player and once again Dameyune recruited him also."

WR Marcus DAVIS
"He is a quarterback from Delray Beach, Florida and he is going to play like a slot receiver for us. We've had a lot of success with former quarterbacks. He has running back skills and he's a really good kid, smart kid. We're excited about him."

DB Kamryn MELTON
"I want to say this about all of the guys that hung in there with us, specifically the defensive guys, because we didn't have great relationships. We knew a lot of the offensive guys because I was here before and some of our staff, but really appreciate Kamryn, he's got a wonderful family and really think he'll be a very good player for us."

RB Peyton BARBER
"He's a guy that we started recruiting when we first got here. He was committed to another school, he got hurt his junior year and this past year has a phenomenal year and I really feel like if he hasn't got hurt his junior year he'd be one of those top-type guys. He is a very strong, fast individual. We're very excited about Peyton."

QB Nick MARSHALL
"He is one of three quarterbacks that we took. We felt like that was definitely a need as far as depth was concerned. He's a great athlete. He's one of those impact players, throws the ball extremely well, has a very strong arm, feel like he can come in here and give us a chance right of the bat."

DE Carl LAWSON
"I really felt like he's one of the keys to this class. H hung in there with us. When a lot of guys went South, or went other ways, opened stuff up, he hung in there with us and he provided the stability I really feel like on the defensive side specifically, to have the class that we did. He's a phenomenal player, a phenomenal person. He's an Auburn person, he loves Auburn and his family loves Auburn."

S Khari HARDING
"A safety from Oklahoma. One of the bigger hitting safeties I've seen come out of high school. He's vicious guy, we need some depth at safety. He'll have a chance to come in and contribute early."

QB Jeremy JOHNSON
"I'm going to say the same thing about Jeremy as I did Carl. He was kind of one of the centerpieces offensively. Me and coach Lashlee already had a relationship with him but you really hung in there with us. He helped us recruit and really provided a lot of stability on the offensive side. Once again, he loves Auburn."

WR Earnest ROBINSON
"He's been committed to us a long time. I actually recruited him when he was a sophomore and have a great relationship with him. Think the world of Earnest; he hung in there with us too during the change."

LB Kenny FLOWERS
"We felt like we needed some depth at linebacker that could come in immediately and help. This guy is a very physical, hard-nosed type player and coach Johnson did a great job recruiting him."

LB Cameron TONEY
"He was committed before, very good kid, he hung in there with us, and I think he'll have a chance to be a really good player."

QB Jason SMITH
"He's electric. MVP of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game. He's got phenomenal skills. He can do a lot of different things. We're very excited about Jason."

OL Deon MIX
"An offensive lineman we really just started recruiting seriously about a week ago. Coach Melvin Smith had a great relationship with him. He was the only offensive lineman we took today other than junior college. He is a big, road-grating type of offensive lineman that coach Grimes likes to have."

S Mackenro ALEXANDER
"A DB from Florida. This is a kid we feel like has very big upside. He is a tough, smart kid that can run. He's a very good tackler we think he will definitely provide us some help in the secondary."

LB Brandon KING
"We felt like we needed some depth at safety, some guys that can come in immediately and play. He's a very hard-nosed, physical type of player, so we're excited about him."

DT Montravius ADAMS
"I think this is going to be is my eighth year to coach college - I don't know if I've seen a bigger, athletic guy than him. I really feel like the sky's the limit with him. Coach Rodney Garner had a great relationship with him, that really helped get him here. He's a very good person with a great family."

K Daniel CARLSON
"He hung in there with us through two special teams coaches. Really appreciate him doing that. He's got a very big leg, and he'll be a very good kicker for us."

RB Johnathan FORD
"Very good running back. He's got a lot of different skills. He's not only a good runner, but he can catch the ball out of the backfield, and he loves Auburn. His family loves Auburn, so we're very excited to have him."

RB Cameron ARTIS-PAYNE
"A big, physical runner. Really think he's going to provide some very good depth, and I think he'll be a very good player for us."

DT Ben BRADLEY
"We needed depth up front, and this guy is very athletic and very strong."

OL Devonte DANZEY
"We needed some help at center and at guard, and I feel like he'll have a chance to help us immediately."



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